OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Character bento
キャラ弁
Decorate anything
デコる
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Monja
もんじゃ
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Public market
公設市場
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
International Avenue
国際通り
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
Japan
(Original)
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Japan
Dekirukana
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Japanese sake
日本酒
Picks
楊枝
Wrapping
ラッピング
Daruma
達磨
RAMEN
ラーメン
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KAISEKI
懐石
SOBA
蕎麦
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
SHODO
書道
KENDO
剣道
JUDO
柔道
KYUDO
弓道
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶